Published: Sat, June 17, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Former Tory PM John Major intervenes over 'fragile' DUP deal

Irish political party Sinn Fein will oppose any deal between British Prime Minister Theresa May and the Democratic Unionist Party in Northern Ireland that undermines the 1998 peace deal known as the Good Friday Agreement.

Sinn Fein has said it does not want the DUP to put forward its leader Arlene Foster as first minister until the results of a corruption probe are finalised.

Major warned striking the deal with the right-wing party could make the United Kingdom come across as "impartial" rather than an "honest broker", potentially affecting the peace process and galvanizing "hard men still there, lurking in the corners of communities" to return to some form of violence.

"I say that not just because of some of the views of the DUP that, perhaps not all of us, but many of us feel deeply uncomfortable about, but I also say that because of a real concern about the disregard that is being shown for the Northern Irish peace process".

Sinn Fein, which won seven seats in the British parliament at last week's election but will maintain its policy of not taking them, said its leader in Northern Ireland, Michelle, O'Neill would repeat those concerns in London on Thursday.

Major urged May to reconsider leading a minority government instead, saying it is "an option well worth considering".

The senior Conservative source said dialogue with the DUP was "constant" and that the Northern Irish party supported the principles of the governing party on strengthening the union between Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland, combatting terrorism and delivering Brexit.

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